WASHINGTON, May 29, 2013 —Less than two weeks after Moore, Oklahoma was devastated by a massive tornado, Blake Shelton has organized a benefit that includes some of the biggest names in the music industry. “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” will air live tonight at 9/8c on NBC as well as on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, and E! on either a live or a delayed basis.
The show’s all-star lineup includes Miranda Lambert, Reba, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Ryan Tedder, Usher, Darius Rucker and more. Tickets went on sale May 25th and were sold out in less than one minute. Yes, you read that right, the show sold out in less than one minute.
Fortunately a limited number of additional tickets will be available this morning, but only to Oklahoma residents. With a ticket price of $25 to see this star studded lineup, no doubt the extra tickets will go just as fast. Keeping the ticket price low so all Oklahomans could attend was a priority of Shelton’s, giving us yet another reason to adore one of this country’s greatest entertainers.
Since tonight’s benefit will be the third concert for tornado victims in Oklahoma that Shelton has taken part in, organizing these events has become almost second nature for him. Shelton and fellow country star Reba raised $500,000 with two sold out concerts for victims of the Atoka County tornadoes in 2011.
The way Americans respond to victims of disaster is nothing short of phenomenal. From the first responders who run to the devastation instead of away from it to the many who will make contributions tonight, we all want to help in our own way.
For a moment in time the destructive division that exists in this country gives way to our better nature. We don’t identify ourselves as Republicans or Democrats. Instead we see our fellow Americans in need and we respond with kindness and concern.
Tonight when the stars come out for yet another disaster relief concert, the lucky ones at the concert as well as the TV audience won’t be arguing about immigration or gun control. What they will see instead is what this country is capable of when the politicians shut up and get out of the way.
Now if we could only figure out a way to shut them up completely and replace their divisive rhetoric with that All-American sense of purpose and commonality that will prevail tonight, we may still have a chance to salvage this country before it’s too late.
Meanwhile, there are three ways to give to the Oklahoma relief efforts:
- Give online to the May Tornadoes Relief Fund located on our their home page at www.unitedwayokc.org.
- Give by credit card: Call (405) 523.3598, (405) 523.3597 or (405) 236.8441.
- Give by mailing a check to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
All times are EDT:
ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) Frankie and Mike worry that Axl may not get a sports scholarship; Sue’s school science project involves smiling; Brick wants an iPad.
CBS: The American Baking Competition: (New) Pies and tarts are prepared in the premiere of this series, which features amateur bakers competing for $250,000 and the chance to publish their own cookbook. First up: A firefighter turns up the heat in the kitchen; and chocolate bacon is introduced to judge Paul Hollywood.
FOX: MasterChef: (New) 19 contestants are chosen in the final round of auditions and then face their first challenge.
NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) ‘The Wild,’ the first installment of Dateline NBC’s ‘Against All Odds.’
CW: Arrow: (Repeat) Oliver is rescued and creates the persona of Arrow, an expert archer determined to fight evil in his beloved city in the opener of a series about billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who becomes a vigilante after being shipwrecked for five years on a remote island.
ABC: Family Tools: (New) For the first time in years, Tony starts dating; frustrated with Aunt Terry for not letting him drive, Mason turns to Darren for help.
ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) Mitch and Cam’s friend Sal announces she’s getting married the next day and they are in the wedding; Gloria doesn’t trust her new nanny; Claire bonds with Haley; Phil helps Luke with a girl.
CBS: Criminal Minds: (Repeat) Victims are found in Philadelphia who were killed in a similar style to victims of the Replicator, the BAU’s stalker.
NBC: Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert: (Live) Live from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Blake Shelton headlines an all-star benefit concert to help the victims of the recent devastation in Oklahoma. Also appearing will be Miranda Lambert, Reba, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Ryan Tedder, Usher, Darius Rucker and more.
CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) he eighth season begins with Sam and Dean being reunited after a year apart. Dean departs purgatory and locates Sam, but Sam finds it difficult to leave the life he enjoys to join Dean on a new hunt.
PBS: Nova: (New) Examining the role that technology played in the search for the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings. Included: the technological innovations that worked, as well as those that didn’t; how the world of crime fighting may change in the future.
ABC: How to Live With Your Parents: (New) Polly is nervous about applying for a promotion; Max and Elaine try to make sure that Natalie and Polly are living up to their full potential.
ABC: The Lookout: (New) Self Help Fixes: Reports on consumer products and spending are featured.
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (Repeat) The CSIs investigate eight deaths at their favorite diner.
NBC: Chicago Fire: (Repeat) Mills presses Bennie Severide for information about his father’s death. Meanwhile, two mysterious diner fires are investigated; and Shay’s baby plans take on a new direction.
PBS: Nova: (New) Examining the May 20, 2013, tornado strike in Moore, Okla., which occurred two years after the worst tornado season on record, and whether improved radar and warning systems led to fewer deaths than in the May 22, 2011, tornado hit in Joplin, Mo.
New episodes of:
Outrageous Acts of Science at 8 p.m. on DSC
Elbow Room at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on HGTV
Mythbusters at 9 p.m. on DSC
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Toy Hunter at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
South Beach Tow at 9:30 p.m. on truTV
Restaurant Stakeout at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Locked Up Abroad at 10 p.m. on NGC
The Real World: Portland at 10 p.m. on MTV
Psych at 10p.m. on USA
Million Dollar Listing New York at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Top Shot All-Stars at 10 p.m. on History Channel
I Was Murdered at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on ID
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
The Scorpion King on AMC
V is for Vendetta on BBC
Collateral on CINEMAX
Jailhouse Rock on ENC
Once Around on FLIX
Death Race on FMC
Ethel on HBO
City Slickers on IFC
People Like Us on SHO
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on SUND
Titanic on TCM
Magic Mike on HBO
Chernobyl Diaries on HBO
Fast Five on MOMAX
The Fog at 9:40 p.m. on ENC
The Beach at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Moonrise Kingdom at 10 p.m. on HBO
Drive Angry at 10 p.m. on SHO
In Old Chicago at 10 p.m. on TCM
Austin Powers in Goldmember at 10:30 p.m. on IFC
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